A few weeks ago we looked at how long a resin bound driveway will last. Our conclusion was…well…inconclusive. But this is due to a number of variables such as:
- In a perfect scenario a resin bound driveway will be laid on a strong and stable sub base that in turn sits on a substrate of soil that will not move.
- In a perfect scenario the preparation and laying of a resin bound driveway will be in an ambient temperature range with just the right amount of catalyst used.
- In a perfect scenario the resin bound driveway will have been laid by professional and experienced installers.
- In a perfect scenario a UV resistant resin will be used that does not change.
- In a perfect scenario the driveway will not frequently endure the ‘turning’ of wheels of vehicles.
The above is taken from our previous article which you can read here
How long will a resin bound driveway really last?
We hunted high and low and found an article by Sureset (since deleted). We do not endorse any resin manufacturers or any other driveway surfacing manufacturer for that matter. That’s how we stay independently focused on quality and professional installations.
But Sureset’s article boasted of a lifespan of 18 years!
18 years? Really?
As we mentioned in our last article, resin is the newest type of driveway surfacing so we were pleasantly surprised to learn of an installation that has stood the test of time. Well nearly anyway!
But a further question came up:
Is there a type of resin that lasts longer than another?
As far as we know the two main resins are (resin technical information):
Aliphatic Polyurethane – UV stable – This is the best option for driveways, pathways and patios. The protection offered from UV will prolong the life of a resin bound driveway and also limit discoloration.
Aromatic Polyurethane – UV unstable – Exposure to the sun, specifically ultra violet rays from sun will cause discoloration over time because the resin will darken making the aggregate (stone) appear darker, too.
Have you noticed a difference in the quality of resins?
Do some resins work better? If so, why?
Have you tried different manufacturers of resin? What have your experiences been like?
Can you beat 18 years? What is the longest lifespan of one of your installations?
Are you proud enough to put your name to a resin installation that has stood the test of time?
Can a Resin Bound Driveway Surface last almost 20 years?
We had to find out. So we decided to check out Sureset’s claim to fame.
Some of our pictures are below:
Resin Bound Driveway Installation
The areas are framed in block paving and whilst they are not large areas we were impressed with the quality and outstanding look. We didn’t see any dull areas or inconsistencies. All surfaces were ‘flat as a pancake‘ and the colour variations both complimented and enhanced the overall appeal of the development. Of course you could argue that as a ‘new’ building development on a Quay all sub base would be solidly packed. That’s certainly true and the installations will never suffer from substrate movement.
Resin Bound Driveway – The Future?
Once upon a time driveways were viewed merely as a functional space in front of a house to just park a car, or two or these days 3 or maybe even 4. But with modern surfacing technologies such as resin and pattern imprinted concrete the value enhancing benefits of driveway creativity are in a world of their own.